August/September 2019

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX 77304


Fax 936-709-2799

School Mission

More than competency in the basic skills of reading, writing, and math, it is this school’s mission to nurture in each child:

The habit of creative independent thinking, a positive self-image, an attitude of social cooperation and moral responsibility, pride in self, community, state, and country, and

the ability to be a producer, not just a consumer, of Knowledge.

“In this school, we reach for the stars.”

School Calendar

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Eat Breakfast at School!

Breakfast is served at school! School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day. A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class. Breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body.

Breakfast at school is affordable at only $1.35. If you qualify for free and reduced price meals, you also qualify for the breakfast program, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else.

Help your child start the day right with school breakfast! Make sure they arrive before 7:45 to have enough time to eat.

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School Information

  • The building doors open at 7:30 for students to eat breakfast and go to class.
  • Please do not drop off students before 7:30 as there is no adult supervision.
  • Breakfast is served from 7:30-7:50. 1st through 4th grade eat inside their classrooms. PK and Kinder eat in the cafeteria. Morning PK students go directly to the cafeteria and meet their teachers.
  • Afternoon PK begins at 12:10. If they are going to eat lunch, then they need to arrive at 11:45.
  • Students may not be checked out or change transportation mode after 2:30. This is for the safety of the students.
  • Dismissal begins at 3:10.
  • Please make sure you have your car rider sign in your car for car rider. You will be asked to park and come inside if you do not have your tag.
  • Thank you for all your help to make this the very best year!!!

Notice to Parents with Court Orders Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship

The Texas legislature passed a new law clarifying the Texas Family Code provision that sets out the rights and duties of parents when there is a court order affecting the parent-child relationship. The legislature clarified that “school activities”, as that term is used in the Family Code, includes, “school lunches, performances, and field trips.” Prior to the passing of this law, each Texas school district determined what activities were considered “school activities.” In compliance with the new law, effective at the beginning of this school year, when lunch is open to visitors, either parent may attend school lunch with his or her child, regardless of their period of possession, unless attending lunch is specifically prohibited by a court order. All parents are welcome to attend school performances. Field trips are limited to parents selected to serve as chaperones. If you have any questions or want to talk further, please call Mrs. Stewart or Mrs. Sciba.

Message from the Principal...

Welcome back Raccoons!!!! This is going to be the best year yet!!! We have so many exciting plans for this year.

We have great news to share with you!

We are proud to tell you that Rice Elementary has earned a distinction from the State of Texas in Academic Achievement in Mathematics. Our school earned this distinction due to being within the TOP quartile amongst our comparison schools — for students who met or exceeded grade level mastery in all mathematics!

This year we are kicking off Social Emotional Lessons during our morning meetings. Students will be learning about Empathy, Conflict, Teamwork, Accountability, Emotional Control, Resiliency, Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving. We will be sending short video clips or information each month so you can talk with your students about their learning.

We are proud of the work our students and staff do each and every day!!! Rice is the place to be!!!

Thank you for entrusting your child to us each day,

Malinda Stewart

Message from the Assistant Principal...

Hey Sweet Raccoon Families!

I am super excited to begin my 2nd year at Rice! It is such a special place with even more special people. As we get the year kicked off, please know that safety is our number one priority. We will provide you with information, resources, and updates as the year goes on. We conduct regular drills with the staff and students. We also use teachable moments to review safety topics on a regular basis. Our school will also keep you posted about important information using the School Messenger (pictured below). Please let me know if you have any questions at any time.

Your proud AP,

Melissa Sciba

Message From School Counselor...

Hi, my name is Angela Orr and I am so proud to be the Counselor here at Rice! This will be my sixth year as a school counselor and my thirteenth year to work in CISD. I am excited to start this year with some familiar faces. In the next few weeks, I will be visiting with all the students and introducing myself to them. I will also be going over “The Rice Way” and telling them about our Rice Way Pep Rally which kicks off our Rice Way program. The Rice Way program focuses on four important character traits. The four traits (Respect, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Honesty) will help all of our students transform into successful, responsible human beings. I am also excited to be continuing with the Safety Patrol program. The program will help keep our campus safer, and more organized during the car rider line in the morning. Each class will have an opportunity to participate in our Safety Patrol program beginning with 4th grade. We also have our WatchDOG kick Off which will take place in September. Be on the lookout for some flyers and texts. I have a very open door policy, so please stop by and say hello. I look forward to meeting all of the new friendly faces!

Book Fair

Monday, Sep. 9th, 8am to Friday, Sep. 13th, 12pm

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX

Watch Dog Kick Off

Thursday, Sep. 19th, 5:30-7pm

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX

Come join us for Pizza and to learn about the Watch Dog Program.

Open House

Thursday, Sep. 26th, 5-6:30pm

904 Gladstell Street

Conroe, TX

This is a come and go event. Come see what your Raccoon has been working on each day!!!


Pre-K is off to an awesome start! Here are a few reminders for the school year. First, school begins at 8:00 for morning students, and school begins at 12:10 for afternoon students. Please make sure your child is at school and on time. It is very important for their development! Second, write your child’s name inside his/her coat and backpack. Third, leave a complete change of clothing, including socks, in a gallon Ziploc bag in their backpack. Remember reading to your child nightly is the greatest gift you can give them! We are looking forward to a successful year with lots of fun and learning! Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions. Thank you for all your support


Welcome to Kindergarten! We are so excited you and your child are with us at B.B. Rice. Kindergarten is a time of new beginnings. This will be an incredible learning experience for your child. Our days are filled with reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies, as well as social and emotional development. We have a full day of learning so please make sure your child gets enough rest so they are prepared for the day! Remember, if your child needs to eat breakfast at school, please make sure they arrive to school with enough time to eat. Our day begins at 8:00. Your child’s folder will come home daily. Please be sure to check the folder each night for important notes, empty any work, and sign the folder. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask your child’s teacher. Again, we are so excited you’re here! This is going to be a GREAT year!

First Grade

Welcome back B.B. Rice Raccoons!

We are excited for the 2019/2020 school year!

This month we will be working on introducing our readers workshop, writers workshop and phonics workshop. We will be reading fiction books and working on good reader habits. For writing we will be working on narrative stories. In Math we will be working on data, place value up to 40, numeration along with coins, addition and subtraction to 5 . A great way to practice at home is counting down from 40. For Science we will be going over safety and properties of objects. For Social studies we will be learning rules, citizenship, and geography. Behavior folders will be sent home every night please make sure to sign and return. If you would like for your child to have breakfast at school please to have them here between 7:30-7:40. Please make sure to read every night!

Second Grade

Your children are off to a great start in second grade! We are starting off the year learning about raccoons, science safety, handwriting, reading, word work, patterns and numbers and citizenship. We have a busy year ahead of us, and no time to waste. We will be testing all second graders on their fluency and phonemic awareness at the beginning of school. We would like to have a conference with all parents to discuss our classroom procedures, let you know how your children are doing, and to also fill you in on everything you need to know about second grade. Please schedule a conference with your child’s teacher at your earliest convenience. We would also like to emphasize the importance of practicing sight words, vocabulary words, and math facts (addition and subtraction through 18) each night. We appreciate all your support and are looking forward to working together to make your child’s second grade year spectacular!

Third Grade

Welcome to 3rd grade Rice Raccoons! We hope you had a nice and restful summer and we are so excited to see you back! If you are new to our school, welcome to Rice! We are going to be learning so much and look forward to a wonderful school year.

In Math, we will be studying place value up to 100,000. Please work with your child on the value of each digit. Ask them what the tens place, the hundreds place and so on are worth! For example, the digit 9 in the number 10,987 is worth 900! Please also continue to practice adding and subtracting within 20. We want our mathematicians to be fluent in this!

In Science, we will be discussing science safety and will begin working on properties and states of matter. Please be sure to return the signed science safety contract if you have not done so already!

In Social Studies, we are discussing our roles in the classroom and community of the school. The choices we make affect ourselves and others.

Your readers will be learning how to build a powerful reading life! We will choose just right books and dive into the genre of fiction. We will learn about character traits, story elements and retelling of stories. Your writers will begin to gather topics and compose a personal narrative.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child's teacher! Thank you for your support!

Fourth Grade

Here are our 4th grade teachers; Ms. Simon, Mrs. Haugen, Mrs. Morgan, Mrs. Bowles, Mrs. Brummett, and Ms. Hargitay. We are settling into our routine and have established our classroom and homework expectations. Please make sure that your child is completing his/her homework and returning it daily. Your 4th grader has a Student Planner/Calendar that shows the week’s assignments, so be sure to ask your student about it.

We are excited about all the reading and writing opportunities this year. The focus will continue to be on comprehension and increased stamina for reading longer periods of time. We will be teaching our objectives through different reading genres, such as poetry, informational, drama, and fiction. Fourth grade is also a time of writing compositions in preparation for the Writing STAAR test. We are developing skills necessary to write both narrative and expository compositions. Writing complete sentences with elaboration and punctuation has been our major focus so far.

In math, students have been working on place value. Our students will be doing lots of computation practice in addition and subtraction, as well as multiplication. Memorization of facts is so important to be successful in solving multiple step problems and higher-level questions.

Our 4th grade scientists have been learning lab safety and thinking like a scientist and will begin studying matter.

In social studies, the students have been learning the symbols of Texas and will be reviewing their map skills in preparation for the study of the regions of our great state. Ask your student what he/she has learned about the U.S. Constitution!

Thanks for all you do to help your child be successful. This year we will not be scheduling parent/teacher conferences. Instead we are launching student led conferences, in which the students will be recording their strengths and areas of concern while using their data binder. There will be one recorded in fall and then in the spring. A message will be sent home for parents to be able to access their video. We are super excited to hand the ownership to the kiddos to help build their OWN success! More information will be coming about student led conferences! It takes all of us working together for a great 4th grade year!

From The Library...Ms. Parks

Welcome to those of you who are new to B. B. Rice and welcome back to those of you who are returning! We are expecting a wonderful year in the library! Our Rice Raccoons are avid readers and I know you will find tons of great books to read.

Parents are needed in the library. If you would like to volunteer your time, your child and your child’s librarian would appreciate it!

Please encourage reading at home. As your child’s reading comprehension improves, your child will be more successful in all aspects of learning.

***It’s that time again…BOOK FAIR TIME! ***We are so very excited to have the Scholastic Book Fair here at Rice the week of September 9th. Please be on the lookout for a flyer that will be sent home in Tuesday folders showcasing many of the books that will be available during our fair! Happy Reading


Welcome back Rice Racoons! Just a friendly reminder that all medication must be brought to the clinic by a parent. Prescription medication should be in the original container with the child’s name and current instructions for administration. Over the counter medication should be in the original container with the child’s name. Please check the expiration date for all medication.

If you have a child in Kindergarten, please pack a complete change of clothes to leave in your child's backpack “just in case”.

Hope everyone has a happy and healthy 2019-2020 school year,

Michelle McLaren, RN

Conroe Independent School District

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.